A broad coalition of California legislators, teachers, parents and business leaders, together with national education experts, STEM advocates and CEOs, are battling Governor Brown’s drastic budget proposal to eliminate funding for a second year of high school science in California schools.
The coalition believes the Governor’s proposed cut to science education is particularly mystifying, given that there is clear consensus on the vital importance of improving science education to maintain California’s ability to compete in a global economy.
Here are the facts:
Earlier this year, CTEq Chairman Craig Barrett sent a letter to Governor Brown stating his concerns about the proposed budget reduction. Dr. Barrett, the retired Chairman and CEO of Intel Corporation as well as a graduate of Carlmont High School in San Carlos, strongly urged the Governor to “not mortgage [students] future by dumbing down their educational expectations from a level that is already substandard.”
Do you share this concern? Reach out to your CA state legislator to make your opinion known. The final debate on the Governor’s budget proposal is scheduled for this week.